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    The CCAA will host its own men's and women's Final 8s next weekend with the men hosted by Prince Edward Island's Holland College and women in Edmonton's Northern Alberta IT (NAIT), starting next Thursday

    MEN
    1. Sheridan Bruins (OCAA champs)
    2. Nomades de Montmorency (RSEQ champs)
    3. Vancouver Island University Mariners (Pac West champs)
    4. Holland Hurricanes (ACAA champs/hosts)
    5. SAIT Trojans (ACAC champs)
    6. George Brown Huskies (OCAA finalist)
    7. Lethbridge Kodiaks (ACAC finalist)
    8. Mount Allison Mounties (ACAA finalist)

    All times Canada/US Atlantic Time
    VIU Mariners vs. George Brown Huskies 1pm
    Nomades de Montmorency vs. Lethbridge 3pm
    Holland Hurricanes vs. SAIT Trojans 6pm
    Sheridan Bruins vs. Mount Allison Mounties 8pm

    http://ccaa.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-17/r...7_mbb_matchups

    WOMEN
    1. Humber Hawks (OCAA champs)
    2. Nomades de Montmorency (RSEQ champs)
    3. Lethbridge Kodiaks (ACAC champs)
    4. Holland Hurricanes (ACAA champs)
    5. Dawson College Blues (RSEQ finalist)
    6. Douglas Royals (Pac West champs)
    7. MSVU Mystics (ACAA finalist)
    8. NAIT Ooks (host)

    Lethbridge vs. Douglas
    Montmorency vs. MSVU
    Humber vs. NAIT
    Holland vs. Dawson

    http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r...7_wbb_matchups

    Tim Micallef and Arash Madani will cover the men's and women's CIS Final 8s this upcoming weekend on Sportsnet 360 up in Canada.

    Dalhousie and St. Mary's repping for Halifax this weekend starting Thursday night:
    https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...final-8-553063
    https://www.dal.ca/news/2017/02/28/d...source=twitter

    Manitoba Bisons ready for McGill Thursday in Halifax:
    http://www.cjob.com/2017/03/06/bison...DaHK-k.twitter
    http://globalnews.ca/news/3291564/ma...ns-basketball/

    Still very capable of winning and defending its 12th W. P. McGee Trophy despite being a #2 seed in Halifax:
    http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/loca...ght-in-halifax
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    My predictions

    QUARTERFINALS
    Carleton over Calgary
    McGill over Manitoba
    Ryerson over St. Mary's
    Dalhousie over Alberta

    NATIONAL SEMIFINALS
    Carleton over McGill
    Ryerson over Dalhousie

    CLASSIFICATION ROUND
    Calgary over Alberta
    St. Mary's over Manitoba

    5th PLACE
    Calgary over St. Mary's

    W. P. McGEE TROPHY NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
    Carleton over Ryerson

    When the Brock Badgers got snubbed in favo(u)r (as predicted) of the Calgary Dinos this past weekend by a committee made of CIS basketball coaches fro schools that didn't even make the Final 8. Even when the Badgers upset Ottawa for bronze last weekend. This piece offers theories why, but this should serve as another call for an expanded field:
    http://www.brockpress.com/2017/03/br...final-8-berth/

    Local basketball columnist in Halifax Chris Cocherane who also covers the NBL Canada's Halifax Hurricanes says the Carleton Ravens spectre/mystique in Halifax remains very strong as the team to be beat. But adds don't forget the pair of entertaining Halifax-based AUS schools in this. Goes on to say local fans are hungry for Final 8 basketball back in Halifax with strong ticket sales at the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre:
    https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...halifax-555109

    What's Halifax's own Saint Mary's reward for making it to the Final 8 in its backyard out of the AUS? Facing a very fine, athletic, long, and tough #1 seed Ryerson team that likes to shoot 3s in the QF. But the Huskies and its coach Jonah Taussig embrace the longshot underdog role Thursday night:
    http://thechronicleherald.ca/sports/...bzR9-I.twitter
    https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...final-8-555389

    Another albeit briefer look into the Final 8 quarterfinals and into the snubbing of Brock a bit. Just as much, there's some talk again about whether or not to expand the field to 10+ in the face of all the internal and external challenges the CIS faces. May have to be cost-effective:
    http://www.cisblog.ca/2017/03/basket...cgill-1-2.html

    CIS' preview of the 8 teams in the Final 8 Nationals in Halifax with the schedules as #2 seed Carleton Ravens seek its 7th consecutive W.P. McGee Trophy and Saskatchewan aiming for its second consecutive Bronze Baby. Notice there's no fan practices this year. Livestreaming of all games in both the men's and women's Final 8s will be made available on TV1 for the men and U Sports Live for the women, respectively:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...leases/preview
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...leases/preview
    WOMEN'S FINAL 8/8 ULTIME Predictions in Victoria, British Columbia

    QUARTERFINALS
    Queen's over Cape Breton
    Saskatchewan over Laval
    McGill over Regina
    Carleton over Victoria

    SEMIFINALS
    Saskatchewan over Queen's
    McGill over Carleton

    BRONZE BABY FINAL
    Saskatchewan over McGill
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    As we're getting into and heavily focused on the NCAA men's and women's tournament finals (at all 3 levels), the NIT, CBI, CollegeInsider Tournament, WNIT, and the WBI in the USA in the days ahead as we end March (no doubt they're HUGE deals here), time now to eagerly see what happened with the national college basketball tournaments that completed the 2016-17 CIS basketball season north of my border up in Canada that occurred earlier this month in Halifax, Victoria, Edmonton, and Prince Edward Island.

    Back to Atlantic Canada in Halifax, where the appeal of national CIS basketball is apparently greatly appreciated than where it was last year at the other end of the nation in Vancouver. There that region's two teams in it--Dalhousie and St. Mary's--did well in the early going, much to the happiness of the Halifax natives AND boost the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre's attendance at the home of both the defending NBL Canada champs Halifax Hurricanes and the Subway AUS basketball tournaments. But with only one going deeper. Big story was, as always will Carleton, rebounding after another OUA Wilson Cup loss to Ryerson, carry on with another title with Dave Smart back as head coach, extending their Halifax Finals 8 winning streak? Will anybody beat the Ravens? Could it be the highly-regarded Ryerson Rams from Toronto with Roy Rana that just won the OUA Wilson Cup? Could hometown players DAL shock Canada and ultimately beat Carleton? Will McGill, banging on the door, finally get a breakthrough for Quebec? What about Calgary, Manitoba, and Alberta from Canada West? Let's find out...

    Carleton's 5th year senior Connor Wood wins the CIS Men's Basketball Player of the Year Award in Halifax to add to his OUA Player of the Year award. Also winners during the All-Canadian Awards Gala were Ottawa guard Caleb Agada, Defensive Player of the Year; Laurentian guard Kadre Gray for the Dr. Peter Mullins Trophy (Rookie of the Year); Carleton’s Dave Smart as Stuart W. Aberdeen Memorial Trophy (Coach of the Year); and Dalhousie foward Kashrell Lawrence for the Ken Shields Award (Student-Athlete Community Service):
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...eleases/awards

    Carleton Ravens and Calgary Dinos squared off in the first quarterfinal that Thursday afternoon in what was essentially a rematch of last year's W.P. McGee Trophy National Championship Game in Vancouver at Canada's west coast. Same as it ever was back then, the Ravens utilized their size inside to out-rebound and out-muscle the Calgary Dinos 85-69 while having three players each scoring 16 points:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/qf1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycT4Mkpzito

    Montreal's McGill now getting really the hang of the Final 8s beating the normally offensive-minded Manitoba 63-53 in a tightly-fought second quarterfinal contest to advance to face the dreaded Carleton Ravens in the national semifinals by winning the glass cleaning and successfully guarding the 3-point line:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/qf2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VscbYl_okuE

    Here's where the local Scotiabank Metro Centre attendance starts to come to play in a star-studded game. Bad news here is that things didn't work during the evening session with Toronto's all-powerful #1 Ryerson Rams and their explosive backcourt actually had to hold off a furious #8 St. Mary's Huskies late rally with hopes of the Halifax fans to rally around. Only to fall short 79-70, sealed in victory on the strength of six straight points from Ryerson guard Adika Peter-McNeilly:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/qf3
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_blTQEP3XU

    Halifax and the AUS did get some joy at the end that night with the bigger faves in the field with 3X AUS champs #5 Dalhousie winning--in front of a bigger crowd with yellow thundersticks banging and a loud student section--in a even closer game that was decided by some Tigers hustle plays/defensive efforts, big shots, and a last-second shot over the Canada West champs #4 Alberta 67-66 with Kashrell Lawrence and Ritchie Kaza Mata doin' it well and putting them on their backs for DAL against the likes of Alberta's Mamadou Gueye, Brody Clarke, Lyndon Annetts, and Austin Waddoups. Scotiabank Metro Centre exploded on this. Saw this game live on Bell's TV1:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/qf4
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSOF9Hhqxe4

    So my quarterfinals predictions here came as expected and as picked! That was easy.

    Calgary's Thomas Cooper scores 30 points and grab 11 rebounds as the Dinos lead past Manitoba in a another Canada West matchup (though neither hoped to be here at this stage) during the first consolation semifinal the next day 92-84 for the right to play for 5th place and send the Manitoba Bisons back home to Winnipeg:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...eleases/conso1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zPaDl2bRf5k

    St. Mary's Huskies and Marquis Clayton's inspired play sent another prominent Canada West team back to the region in Canada West tournament champs Alberta in the second classification semifinal with a second half surge 98-93 in OT in what surely seals an ultimately disappointing end for the Golden Bears and for Canada West:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...eleases/conso2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnxlzlkf7Lg

    No major glory forthcoming for Montreal's own McGill, finally with a breakthrough to advance, with hopes of nabbing one of the biggest upset in CIS basketball history. Carleton saw to that and keeps its Halifax Final 8 win streak alive with another display of that vaunted and feared firm Ravens defense 74-58 in the first semifinal Saturday night for another bid at keeping its national crown and add a 12th title (national semis and final come from Rogers SportsNet 360):
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/sf1
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tblGSWCnaj4

    A thriller and instant classic semifinal between Toronto and Halifax represented to close out Saturday night. Ryerson and DAL. The Tigers got pumped after that big "home" win last night on Alberta. Could that success rabbit might come out of Dalhousie's magic hat again Saturday night from Lawrence and Kanza Mata to the delight of the hometown fans? Nope. Heartbreakingly close. 59-58:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/sf2
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7ESqfW4TqfQ

    Not a game both teams prefer but there's pride at stake and hope to build upon for next season. Calgary goes back home claiming 5th place consolation final blow past beating the other local Halifax team St. Mary's and Marquis Clayton with a 3rd quarter surge 96-65. Clayton's final CIS game had 18 points in his hometown:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...7/releases/5th
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NdSuogzo6T4

    27 4th quarter points was all that was needed to get the Dalhousie Tigers over that very tough loss the previous night to Ryerson and finally earn their first-ever national basketball hardware with bronze to cap off its best-ever season and being great hosts. McGill wished they were playing the final too. But it was the Tigers' day 69-63 with Sven Stammberger getting 20 points:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...eleases/bronze
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J2e_DpI-BBs

    That anticipated all-Ontario championship game and OUA Wilson Cup rematch that CIS basketball followers hoped for with Toronto, the Ontario provincial capital and Canada's biggest city, and the Canadian capital Ottawa going at it once more. Hoping for something completely different? Prepare for an major disappointment if that's what you were seeking in Halifax. The Carleton Ravens always shine on the big stage and got their revenge or redemption if you prefer for losing their second consecutive OUA Wilson Cup championship game for the Ravens' 7th title in a row and its 12th W.P. McGee Trophy alltime 78-69 to close out the season. Never trailed in this game even when uncharacteristically turning the ball over in the first quarter and showing Ryerson they got some ways to go following its championship debut (also contains starting at 1:00 on the YouTube link the women's Bronze Baby Championship report from Victoria. More on that later):
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/m...releases/final
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puPkwHlV-ts
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    So far I must say that I was pleased with my men's Final 8 predictions in Halifax. Didn't get into the classification and bronze medal predictions partly because I didn't take the time to study a bit more on the losing teams I predicted against each other. Teams were so evenly matched. For bronze, I predicted Dalhousie will finally gain some basketball silverware in the school's history being at home in Halifax to propel them over McGill. So here you go...

    BRONZE MEDAL GAME
    Dalhousie over McGill

    Uh, as for my Bronze Baby predictions, things turned really bad and messed up when the defending champions Saskatchewan Huskies got defeated in Victoria by Laval. When you reflect on the 8-team field, it was a lot more unpredictable and wide open than the men. I knew Victoria wasn't going to advance as the weakest team in the group. But will the Bronze Baby stay in Canada West or return to Ontario with Carleton acting as the #1 seed for the first time ever or Queen's? McGill had a breakthrough in Quebec City two years ago. What will they do here?

    The Cape Breton Capers gave the Queen's Gaels from Kingston, Ontario all they can handle until Queen's roared back in the 4th for the first quarterfinal win 60-51. Shooting was an issue for them:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/qf1

    I should've realized Saskatchewan was without some key players from last season due to graduation--and that youth was going to cost the Huskies despite its #2 seed behind the Carleton Ravens. #7 Laval from Quebec City, the best team record-wise in RSEQ, was still fuming over that upset semifinal loss in Montreal's RSEQ Tournament to Concordia and took it out on the defending champs in a 10-point win by never relinquishing their lead all game. Should've realized this as the small Rouge Et Or were the #1 team in all of Canada for the majority of the season even with that seed. Striking a major blow for French-Canadian basketball:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/qf2

    At least I was right in this quarterfinal stage with all but that one. McGill, another Quebec team hungry for that elusive national title after so many years of existence, knocks off the other Saskatchewan-based team from Canada West in the Regina Cougars 72-62 that was hard-fought on both sides. The Cougars refused to roll over and play dead for the Marlets:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/qf3

    The Carleton women, no doubt inspired by the dominant men they live under the shadow of but making their own mark, had an early push from hosts Victoria but survived 77-66:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/qf4

    Saskatchewan recovers to put away the Cape Breton Capers back to Nova Scotia and move towards the 5th place game in the consolation semifinals:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...eleases/conso1

    Regina eliminates hosts Victoria, leaving them winless in a tough way to leave the tournament, in the other consolation semifinal and looks forward to another all-Saskatchewan women's basketball matchup for 5th. The Cougars put up 46 second half points in the CARSA. Too bad for fifth-year forward Jenna Bugiardini led the Vikes in scoring with 25 points and added six rebounds through 32 minutes and was also named Victoria?s Player of the Game. She leaves behind a big hole:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...eleases/conso2

    Laval scores another blow for the French-Canadian basketball scene and making its first Bronze Baby final appearance in program history knocking off Queen's. Came out like a team possessed:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/sf1

    A Carleton Ravens late 4th quarter push wasn't enough to win against McGill, thus ending any hope to emulate their basketball brothers in claiming their first Bronze Baby title (and ending Ontario's chances as a whole). Was able to shut down the Marlets in some ways but couldn't get the W. McGill was experienced and knows how to get to the final:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/sf2

    Regina recovers 1st quarter deficit and presented to the now-former Bronze Baby champs Saskatchewan Huskies another valuable learning experience in claiming 5th place 79-76 during the all-Saskatchewan battle. Just a week before these same Huskies got the better of the Cougars for the Canada West title:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...7/releases/5th

    Another rematch for a conference title was for bronze with Carleton downing Queen's again just like a week prior in the OUA Critelli Cup Final as the champs of that to end things on a high note in Victoria for the Ravens:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...eleases/bronze

    Would you believe that the Bronze Baby was going to make its way to Quebec regardless who wins this from McGill and Laval? It was Montreal vs. Quebec City. English ve. French. Nonetheless, this was an important point in the development of Quebec basketball. Amazing that McGill, with all those years of having basketball, never won one knocking on the door since 2014 while Laval is much younger with its program and being the best team for most of the season. McGill's experience powered a late rally for them using their size and rebounding skills to win 66-55:
    http://en.usports.ca/championships/w...releases/final
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    Oh wow. So the venerable New York Times sent David Waldstein, a former Mets and Yankees beat writer, up to Halifax to cover the CIS' Final 8 men's basketball tournament. Never mind if this is the first time the NYT covered this; the fact it did sent one coming from south of the border in covering this certainly means something to Canadians college sports fans. But if you were seeking analysis comparing the CIS basketball scene with the bigger and badder NCAA version south of the border, forget it. This is more in the realm of what's called a "human interest" story to introduce many Americans to it--plus it's honest. Few errors do exist--for example, there's 47 schools participating in CIS basketball out of the 56 members. Actually, it was even better than local newspapers using the Canadian Press or Postmedia feeds rather than sending a reporter on the ground covering the event, even when their hometown schools were competing. And that's saying something:
    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/14/s...ness.html?_r=0

    And this is how the digital Local Xpress, a paper written by currently striking Halifax Chronicle-Herald reporters, covers how the New York Times' Waldstein got involved with the Final 8 up there. Waldstein notices the major difference laid on the 30-second shot clock up in Canada to the NCAA's 24-second (not long ago, the NCAA had a 35-second one) and how it reminds him of the Metro Atlantic Conference (MAAC) tournament:
    https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...k-times-559134

    If you've read and pay attention to this thread for a decade, you will know that the CIS basketball game is different than the NCAA's; it will never achieve multibillion dollar industry status. CIS' coaching, talent level, and facilities certainly is comparable to NCAA D1 mid-major conferences. There's plenty of room for improvement in the CIS and at least the talent gap isn't as wide across the Canadian conferences; there's no shame in supporting and learning about the Canadian college basketball scene. No need to compare it to the NCAA--that's in a different galaxy. Let's not forget the NCAA isn't exactly a corruption-free "paradise".

    Local Express covers the Dalhousie Tigers closes a glorious era in a final curtain for Kashrell Lawrence, Ritchie Kanza Mata and Jarred Reid, all instrumental in three straight AUS titles for the Tigers along with Ryall Stroud, a senior transfer from Queen's, by winning its bronze against McGill at the Halifax ScotiaBank Metro Centre, roughly a mile from its campus:
    https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...-redmen-559115

    And when the Carleton Ravens won their 12th W.P. McGee title later that Sunday downing Ryerson:
    https://www.localxpress.ca/local-spo...l-crown-559240
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    CIS Canadian college basketball. Now on its 10th year here. Amazing how this garners some popularity here after a full decade. I do my bit to publicize the Canadian college game up there as much as I can--and I enjoy very much doing so!

    Please don't forget the CCAA Final 8 that went on the following weekend from the bigger CIS versions. Didn't conduct predictions there because I don't know those schools as intimately enough. Some in the upper rankings are more successful than others. And unlike in the CIS game, multiple repeat champs hardly happen like Carleton in the men, and Windsor, UBC, and the since-departed Simon Fraser in the women.

    First day of competition at Holland College in the quarterfinals saw Vancouver Island (VIU) knock off George Brown; the Nomades de Montmorency traded baskets with the Lethbridge Kodiaks in a tough game before the former came out on top; hosts Holland dispenses SAIT after initial struggles on both ends of the floor in the first half; and the Sheridan Bruins with Brian Owusu's 26 points and 7 rebounds convincingly defeat Mount Allison:
    http://www.ccaa.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-...2017_mbb_day_1

    Lethbridge Kodiaks win for the chance to get fifth place dominating on the disappointing George Brown Huskies with 37 points in the third quarter. After being behind in the majority of the first half, the SAIT Trojans fought with the lowest-seed Mount Allison Mounties in the second half for victory to get to 5th place. Up to the CCAA national semifinals, Montmorency displayed its solid defense and patient offense to win the day over the VIU Mariners. Holland may have blazed right from the start for their hometown fans, but Sheridan battles back like in the third quarter as both Montmorency and Sheridan face each other for tomorrow's championship. All on the second day:
    http://www.ccaa.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-...2017_mbb_day_2

    Unlike in the CIS, the classification losers get another game to avoid last place. That game saw George Brown, in its first CCAA Nationals appearance in 41 years, end on a winning note beating the now-winless Mount Allison Mounties for 7th place. Plus, there's bronze semifinals and not in single-elimination format form with losers tied for 5th. The Lethbridge Kodiaks couldn't contain Holland's force that was CCAA All-Canadian Trenity Burdine, much to the delight of the host's fans. Vancouver Island Mariners emerged out of a small deficit to halt the SAIT Trojans and its CCAA Player of the Year Usama Zaid. Hosts Holland ultimately later on in the day claimed bronze for the second consecutive time knocking off Vancouver Island for their fans, but Zaid didn't make things easy against the Hurricanes, who weathered the storm. But the national title belonged to the Nomades de Montmorency upsetting in a close game against the #1-ranked Sheridan Bruins--ruining a perfect season for them. Montmorency will host the men's national championship next year and gets to defend it on home court. Wouldn't rule it out then:
    http://www.ccaa.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-...2017_mbb_day_3

    Mount Allison hosts the 2018 CCAA Women's National Championship next March:
    http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r.../2018_WBB_host

    But let's look back on this year's women's national championship up in Edmonton, the Alberta capital with three postsecondary schools I know of: Alberta, Grant MacEwen, and this year's hosts NAIT. Lethbridge onslaughts and cruises on poor 3rd seed Douglas. Cruising could also apply to the Nomades de Montmorency here too with their size and length in getting second and third chance points and their rebounding prowess on MVSU. Another top-seed CCAA school failed to win a championship, only at an earlier stage: 8th seed Northern Alberta Institute of Technology Ooks displayed a "grim and consistent defensive effort" enacting a shocking upset win the undefeated #1 Humber Hawks from Toronto in a revenge for last season's national semis. Montreal's Dawson College impressed on Holland to cap the first day:
    http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r...2017_wbb_day_1

    Three Mount Saint Vincent players--Rachel Beauchamp, Ellen Fallis and Sarah Jorgenson--had strong first half performances and were involves in launching a series of rallies in the second half beating Douglas. Top-seeded Humber picks up the pieces from that upset loss to stop Holland in the classification round. Lethbridge endured serious trouble from Les Nomades' length and size but fends them off well to victory for a trip to the championship. A lesser experienced Dawson team cans the NAIT Ooks' championship dream campaign:
    http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r...2017_wbb_day_2

    Humber goes onto the bronze game with only Ceejay Nofuente and Mica Campbell-Johnson reached double scoring figures for the winners in the one-sided contest against Montmorency. Jordan Enns scores a last-second basket for the NAIT Ooks--even with Douglas still having time to heave a shot but harmlessly rattled out of the rim--and their bronze bid for another revenge match. MSVU finally wins 7th place to send Holland back to PEI. After being served up an upset from hosts NAIT Ooks in coming in as defending champs and undefeated, revenge was engrained in the Humber Hawks minds--and was more than ready with CCAA Player of the Year guard Ceejay Nofuente and her 31 points to deny the Ooks a medal. Lethbridge College from Southern Alberta capped an undefeated season that surely didn't suffer from a NAIT-like fate. The Kodiaks, and not to be confused with the Pronghorns in CW, had no issues versus Dawson College from Montreal:
    http://ccaa.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-17/r...2017_wbb_day_3

    So congrats to the Carleton Ravens, the McGill Marlets, Les Nomades de Montmorency, and the Lethbridge Kodiaks in winning their respective Canadian national championships this season!

    A bomb got dropped as far as the OUA is concerned. Says that the OUA will move towards a two division format instead of the present four. Making it OUA West and OUA East. Where would the geographical dividing line in Ontario would be? Could it be London or the Niagara Region, perhaps? Surely the OUA schools from Toronto and Hamilton eastward will make the OUA East with the Ottawa schools and Queen's in Kingston and Nipissing up in North Bay. But things get uneven. Also, the playoffs would be within their divisions with one of the three OUA powerhouses--Carleton, Ottawa, and Ryerson very likely denied a spot in the Final 8 Nationals. Plus, the Final Four Wilson Cup format would get scrapped--and that, IMO, will be a serious step back for Canada's deepest basketball province and conference:
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...lite-programs/

    Continuing in on this, there's been some talk from this division realignment of Ottawa possibly moving to the RSEQ and Ryerson even moving on to the NAIA or NCAA? If the Gee Gees move out to the Q, it will effectively scuttle the annual Capital Hoops Classic at the Canadian Tire Centre with Carleton. Not sure how the the RSEQ schools would react to having a powerhouse Ottawa in their conference (that includes lots of French-Canadian students attending there as well) from across the Hull River, despite a region that also includes Gatineau, Quebec. More next week.
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    Tom Oliveri got sacked as York Lions head coach earlier this month. He took over when the great Bob Bain was nearing the end of his tenure and, during his one-year sabbatical at the time, Oliveri took charge. He did such a great job over a decade ago he was tipped as Bain's successor (a York link announcing this portion). A good guy BUT...you gotta recruit effectively AND win, especially when you're competing with Ryerson sitting as the class of not just Toronto OUA basketball but nationally and slightly better Toronto (to York). Given that York is such a plum job, so why not reel in someone from the best in Ryerson assistant Patrick Tatham? Roy Rana's right hand man showed he can run his own team almost two seasons ago with Rana on sabbatical. Tatham's gotta be high on the search list. Weird that there's no York press release announcing the firing. Just a deletion of his York online profile. Then again, firing is never an easy decision

    Uhhh...according to a tweet from @SatbirSingh_ , Tatham moves further along the Golden Horseshoe to nearby Hamilton and will actually get to coach McMaster as previous coach Amos Connolly, who also endured recruiting issues, "re-assigned" to assistant or another capacity:
    http://marauders.ca/news/2017/5/5/pa...ead-coach.aspx

    Timing strikes as strange with York and McMaster played their final games a couple months ago. Why the delay and consequentially put the new coach behind the 8-ball in terms of recruiting? Makes no sense, especially with Connolly demoted. Whether a new person gets named right after the Final 8, or in May-July, you are putting the basketball team behind a "recruiting 8 ball" for several years probably. Coaches work on getting top notch guys well before Grade 12. Coaches are rarely ever the sole responsibility for the misfortunes of a basketball program, but it's much easier to ditch the coach than fix the organizational issues.

    Then again, McMaster has been enduring some problems as of late with players making an exodus from the program and Connolly's recent recruits not turning out well results-wise. Causing major changes to be in store, leading to Tatham eventually taking over:
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...etball-active/


    York Lions head coaching candidates from Canadian Hoops Talk posters "jspat" and "Bigsmoke", though Jeanty may not be interested:
    Mike Degeorgio - Toronto
    Aaron Blakely - Carleton
    Osvaldo Gentry - Carelton
    Mo Haidar - Western
    Chris Cheng - Nippising
    Jamie Campbell - Laurier
    Muddy Trivedi, McGill
    Borko Popic, Ryerson
    Keith Vassell, Niagara College/Niagara River Rats

    Just yesterday, Avery Johnson announces his Alabama Crimson Tide, including the 5th-best D1 recruiting class, will come to Montreal (McGill) and Ottawa (Carleton and Ottawa) this August:
    http://www.cusn.ca/alabama-crimson-t...a-trip-august/

    What's Ryerson has to do after its best season ever after falling short in a tough loss to the very good Carleton in Halifax considering the Rams beat the Ravens a week earlier again for the Wilson Cup. Without Peter-McNeilly and fellow starter Juwon Grannum as the toughest team for Carleton. And how it'll finally reach the summit in challenging the Ravens' national championship routine:
    http://www.cusn.ca/carleton-beat-rye...moves-forward/
    http://www.cusn.ca/carleton-dynasty-...ty-basketball/

    Ottawa Gee Gees and head coach Jason Derouin get a very, very good transfer from McMaster in Connor Gilmore, ready to play in the 2018-19 season:
    http://www.geegees.ca/en/sports/team...es-for-2018-19
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    The 2017-18 CIS men's and women's basketball season start off in Atlantic Canada once again when on Wednesday, November 1 it's an all-Nova Scotia matchup as St. Francis Xavier visits Dalhousie in Halifax at the DalPlex in a men's and women's doubleheader with much of the action taking place the following weekend. Fall semester 2017 play ends on November 26 when the Memorial Sea-Hawks teams visiting the UNB Varsity Reds in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Winter/spring play 2018 starts January 4 in the AUS with the regular season ending February 24. Also this season, the women's AUS conference tournament will operate concurrently with the men's and both will play at Halifax's Scotiabank Metro Centre, the home of NBL Canada's Halifax Hurricanes in early March (March 2-4) as an annual permanent fixture there :
    http://www.atlanticuniversitysport.c...ule?confonly=1
    http://www.atlanticuniversitysport.c...ule?confonly=1

    RSEQ basketball starts Saturday, November 4 with the UQAM Citadins men's and women's basketball teams going to Lennoxville, Quebec to face Bishop's for the weekend with the men playing first as the women playing days later. But also on the 4th CIS women's runners up Laval head over to Montreal in facing defending Bronze Baby champs McGill in a rematch of this past March's CIS women's national championship in Victoria:
    http://www.sportetudiant-stats.com/u.../basketball-m/
    http://www.sportetudiant-stats.com/u.../basketball-f/
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    Scott Morrison, Lakehead Thunderwolves' former head coach not too long ago, was coaching the NBDL's Maine Red Claws and was very good at it. But congrats to him on joining Maine's parent franchise the Boston Celtics and join Brad Stevens' coaching staff:
    http://www.oua.ca/sports/mbkb/2017-1...20170620g20kmj

    Official now: Ryerson Rams assistant and 2015-16 interim coach Patrick Tatham takes over troubled McMaster:
    http://www.oua.ca/sports/mbkb/2016-1...20170505jfdrm1

    Seriously looks like John Calipari's Kentucky Wildcats will make an Ottawa trip August 2018 to see Carleton and Ottawa as part of a special favo(u)r to his close friends and donors Kelly (prospective US ambassador to Canada and wants to meet Cal's other friend Drake) and Joe Craft. Let's not forget Kentucky has been known to get some Canadians like Jamal Magloire, Jamal Murray, Trey Lyles, and now Shai Alexander from Hamilton, Ontario. Dwane Casey, now Toronto's coach, played and coached in the Big Blue Nation:
    http://www.oua.ca/sports/mbkb/2017-1...20170619g9ilh9

    Nipissing Lakers have their second women's basketball head coach in the CIS era in former Windsor assistant Katie Hamilton. Still it will be tough as the team continues to build during its third season of existence there:
    http://www.oua.ca/sports/wbkb/2017-1...20170612nrlh6s

    After one of its better seasons in the program's history despite not making it to the Final 8 in Victoria (but really should have), McMaster plans for a Taiwan trip to the Fo Guang Shan Monastery-organized Buddha Light International Association (BLIA) Cup tournament, July 25-30, at the Kaohsiung Arena in Taiwan that will involve features eight women's teams and eight men's teams, with representation from the USA, Australia, France, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, and People's Republic of China. First time a CIS women's team was involved since UBC in 2011:
    http://www.oua.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-1...20170621e1iv77

    Team Erin McAleenan wins the annual OUA Women's All-Star Game at York's Tait Mackenzie Centre this April 92-77 in Toronto:
    http://www.oua.ca/sports/wbkb/2016-1...20170429t8r79e

    Sources confirm for CUSN close to the situation are saying that Nate Philippe will leave UQAM to become York University's new men's basketball head coach replacing Tom Oliveri with an announcement early next week.

    British Columbia Thunderbirds coach Kevin Hanson will lead the charge again for Team Canada men's basketball at the World University Games this summer in Taipei, Taiwan with Calgary's Daniel Vanhooren and Laval's Jacques Paiement Jr. serving as assistants:
    http://www.canadawest.org/cwest/2017...531universiade
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    As we happily celebrate Canada's 150th birthday today, Canada Basketball and CIS announce the Canadian men's basketball rosters for this August's Universiade in Taipei. 9 CIS schools are represented with British Columbia, Carleton, and Calgary earning the bulk of the roster with 2 each. Another solid roster here but there's always some deserving players not in like Caleb Agada. Women's roster is coming soon:
    http://www.basketball.ca/en/news-art...-fisu-summer-u

    All the controversy surrounding Canada West's RPI is forcing some tweaks in the math formula starting next season. Howard Tsumura explains how in this link:
    http://varsityletters.ca/tsumura-the...ns-basketball/

    Happy 150th Canada Day! Wearing some Canada Basketball Nike gear today!
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    Come see the August CIS-NCAA schedule of clashes coming up involving 19 CIS schools for a total of 61 games starting August 5 for 29 consecutive days. Some will play games in the US Virgin Islands and in Costa Rica, where things actually start:
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...-team-by-team/
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...of-17-july-17/

    Windsor Lancers pick up transfer 6-2 guard Marcus Jones from the Gannon Golden Knights:
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...d-from-gannon/

    Carleton Ravens young guard collection gets more dynamic with the addition of 6 foot Alain Louis:
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...ravens-stable/

    Shawn Swords welcomes three new recruits to the Laurentian Voyaguers in Sudbury that includes a bulky Russian-born Canadian who hadn't played basketball since high school while prepping for some Costa Rica games in August with Montana, Western Kentucky, and Kent St.:
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...-early-august/

    Cape Breton Capers hit rock bottom going winless last season at 0-24, so a radical roster change was striking. But striking it is with 8 new recruits with 7 of them likely rotation players to bring the high hopes in the region:
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...optimism-high/

    Carleton legend Phil Scrubb takes another crack at the NBA with the Sacramento Kings in the Vegas Summer League with an injury that was interrupted by injury:
    https://canhoopsca.wordpress.com/201...league-roster/
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    Next season in the CIS men's basketball Final 8 Nationals in Halifax, Nova Scotia sets to be another part of an innovative procedure. When the Halifax ScotiaBank Metro Centre got to host it again for 2017 and 2018, two AUS schools for the first time were selected to host them--the eventual bronze medalists Dalhousie Tigers, the top team in that conference from that city, hosted this past season and now it will be Wolfville's Acadia Axemen's turn this upcoming season and will get the automatic bid in the Final 8 in Halifax and will act as Acadia's 25th Final 8 appearance in March. Following 2015 press release from the Scotiabank Centre explains the entire successful bid and plans:
    http://www.scotiabank-centre.com/en/...ips-retur.aspx

    Assuming if the Axemen wins the AUS championship, also held in Halifax at the Scotiabank Centre in early March, the other finalist will get the sole AUS spot. Or the AUS champion not named Acadia. Wonder if Dalhousie, the recent AUS men's basketball powerhouse and rebuilding with some key players in Kashrell Lawrence, Ritchie Kanza Mata, and Jarred Reidgone now gone, will make a return appearance? Be interesting if the Tigers does. Some Canadian college basketball observers evaluating the Acadia roster and recruits for the upcoming season are saying the Axemen would be just fortunate to make AUS postseason tournament top six, much less win it.

    Nowdays when a conference as deep and powerful manages like Ontario's OUA gains 4 schools in at the CIS Final 8, it's when one of that conference's teams happens to be a host with at least three other schools ranked in the top ten. When Ryerson hosted in 2015 with Toronto amazingly hosting for the first time ever, the OUA enjoyed the rare 4-team conference roster with Ryerson, defending national and Wilson Cup champs Carleton, bronze medalists and national wildcard Ottawa, and Wilson Cup finalist Windsor all in. Discounting the times when more than 8 teams were involved with regional play-in formats and, therefore, more teams qualified and another couple of years when an extra day and two additional teams were added to the mix, what we now call Canada West sent Victoria, Brandon, Calgary, and Winnipeg to the 1980 championships. Back in 1997, Guelph, Toronto, McMaster, and Laurentian all made it to Halifax as half the field without any of them hosting in Atlantic Canada, which was remarkable--and this was years before the AUS was granted two entries for the nationals when one was hosting.

    So I take how the format is this for the 2018 Final 8 Nationals will be much like last year's:

    2 spots--AUS (hosts Acadia and AUS champ/finalist if not Acadia), 1 spot--wildcard (usually third best team in OUA or Canada West), 1 spot--RSEQ champ, 2 spots--OUA Wilson Cup finalists, 2 spots--Canada West finalists.

    Ottawa's Caleb Agada signs a contract with Spain's CB Prat LLOBREGAT Joventud in the LEB Gold to provide some of his top-notch defense:
    http://www.regio7.cat/esports/2017/0...da/426668.html
    http://www.lesportiudecatalunya.cat/...-del-prat.html

    You know what I'm going to do now? Time to take some trips down memory lane with past national championship games, both men and women, that built up several years but never got back to them. More since emerged, mostly from the 1980s to the mid-1990s, even up to 2000. With much of the games in Halifax. Much of them feature teams from Canada West and the now-defunct Great Plains Conference, when that region was the epicenter of Canadian college basketball and with the top Canadian talent more spread out across the nation. Especially Manitoba. Ontario, Toronto especially, wasn't fully yet the seemingly endless wellspring of national men's basketball talent up in Canada that it is today with the Raptors about to exist there as an anchor and heavily influencing young would-be basketball players. You'll also notice how the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre court changes over the years while hosting.

    I already touched on that Ken Shields Victoria Vikings dynasty a while back--we may have a Vikes dynasty sighting very soon here. We restart things with over 20 years ago when the talent-laden Brandon Bobcats, one of the top teams at the time in CIS (then CIAU) ball with five Toronto starters, winning the W.P. McGee Trophy for the first time in 7 years dethroning the Alberta Golden Bears 79-72 and their own bid for a threepeat, something Brandon accomplished itself, led by Greg DeVries and Darren Semeniuk containing their hot shooting and their 8-game winning streak in Halifax in the Bobcats' 14th consecutive year in Halifax. Mr. Everything All-Canadian Keith Vassell leaves a winner for Brandon as tournament MVP. Player of the Game was Demetrius Floyd, who made a turning point dunk. Shawn Grey was good too for them:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YYDzGKGvUzg

    The first of the famed Brandon threepeat in 1987 in Halifax with head coach Jerry Hemmings. The Bobcats' first national basketball title against a young University of British Columbia Thunderbirds, the top two seeds in the Final 8 that year with the latter featuring future T-Birds coach Kevin Hanson as its inspirational captain, J.D. Jackson, a 17-year old Mike Clark, and Paul Johanssen. UBC is STILL waiting for its third basketball title to this day after 45 years. It was a great way to go out for the GPAC conference with Brandon winning as it dissolved that year with all those schools went into Canada West:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdgYnK7UQMY

    Speaking of Manitoba threepeats, the Winnipeg Wesmen women's basketball team, after coming off a defeat to Victoria in 1992, was determined to enact revenge if the Wesmen ever saw sight off the Victoria Vikings the next year. Even better, the Wesmen came into the Bronze Baby Final 8 National Championship seeded as the overall #1 seed with #3 Victoria as hosts. The Wesmen, under Player of the Year Sandra Carroll, Pam Flick, and frontcourt player Michelle Chambers, couldn't wait to destroy Victoria and its fifth-year players Heather Bohez and Tara Galloway, "who runs like Magic Johnson" in Critelli's words, and coach Kathy Shields, who like her husband Ken knew some things about multiple national titles. Haven't met each other since the previous year (Interesting halftime feature about former Calgary Dino Jodi Evans became the first women playing in the annual Oxford-Cambridge basketball game with a respectable showing while a Rhodes Scholar). Until Windsor won the Bronze Baby in 2011, no CIS women's team ever clinched the title at home. So that had to wait. Also until the great Lancers in question, no women's team went for multiple consecutive Bronze Baby titles (3+) since Winnipeg accomplished it. Little did people knew at the time what an unstoppable juggernaut the Wesmen were to become starting that season...
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6YM3fW-2mo
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    St. Francis Xavier ended up playing the Brandon Bobcats back to back in 2000-2001 with one of the last great Steve Konchalski-championship teams and break the attendance record at the Halifax Scotiabank Metro Centre. This is the first national championship the two played from 2000 in front of a largely pro-X-Men fan base in a 61-60 classic:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5wcRycyISM

    Back to 1983 when CTV Sports presented the Victoria Vikings legends Eli Pasquale and his coach Ken Shields marching their team to their 4th consecutive national title over hosts Waterloo, overcoming Kelly Dukeshire's injury against St. Mary's and shattering the hometown dreams hoping for another title since 1975. That Warriors fan chant certainly did not originate in Oakland, as we can see. Furthermore, I think Waterloo was among the first Canadian basketball programs to use Nike at the time:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UPurvAlS8k

    Starting in October 1992 after licking their wounds from their Victoria encounter in March, the Winnipeg Wesmen women's basketball team with the great Sandra Carroll, Pam Flick, and Andrea Hutchens, Andrea Pales, Sandy Harvey, and the great coach that was Tom Kendall were a true national powerhouse in Canada. Won their first ever national title in getting revenge from Victoria. But as they kept winning even afterwards onto the next season, talk of streak grew and grew. Forget Connecticut south of the border in future years, which a little later at this time would go undefeated and win theirs like Jody Contradt's Texas team in 1986 and capture American national sports attention (and again and again until this past March having reached past 100). Calgary showed how it can be done in 1989-90 with 69 wins in a row that brought national attention to the team with a Bronze Baby in 1989 as the North American women's basketball team record. At this point, the Wesmen here already well eclipsed the Dinos and was on the verge of chasing and tying the great UCLA men's team streak of 88 wins with an 89th, something the Dinos fell short of. And who better to make history against for the Wesmen women than their hated crosstown rivals the Manitoba Bisons inside their packed, sold out Duckworth Centre home on a fall 1994 night in Winnipeg? Manitoba, wearing short-sleeved deep brown and yellow jerseys, wanted to spoil things and helped gave fans an unforgettable thriller that made things very difficult. So good even TSN had to be there cover this history. Sadly, that streak (and an 18-game one on the said Bisons) ended here with Manitoba, denying Winnipeg and got revenge thanks to visiting guard Terri-Lee Johannesson's 30-point performance and Lorissa Crellin's streak-ending shot. But dominant the Wesmen were, even beating 3 NCAA women's teams and reaching 100+ points 19 times at this point. Between the two teams, 22 of the 24 players involved were products of the Manitoba high school basketball system. Spoiler alert: they did indeed regroup and win another Bronze Baby later that season. Unfortunately, any Canadian women's (or men's for that matter) college basketball winning streak will automatically get lost in the United States because it's not part of the general US sports periphery. As an American though here, I want to hono(u)r with great respect to what Winnipeg and Calgary both accomplished. What's so remarkable is the team was almost all-Manitoban:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tJZwkxFWXWc

    Yeah, Winnipeg had to learn their lessons in 1992 when it facing Kathy Shield's undefeated Victoria team at 32 wins with Jennie Sutton with either team going to be as the new national champions with Laurentian knocked off before the final at UPEI. Victoria won 5 titles at that point; Winnipeg's Wesmen had yet to win one. This Vikings' win kickstarted an 18-year Bronze Baby streak for Canada West:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F6YM3fW-2mo
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    Getting myself back into the swing of things with this popular thread I write here for over a decade. Will restart things slow for now but will build the next week and up to the new season.

    Days ago on October 7, the Ryerson Rams scored the most points ever on a CIS basketball team by scoring 117 points on Saskatchewan's 43. Mind you this is a preseason game because the regular season is only within the conferences you play--Canada West, OUA, RSEQ, and AUS. Nonetheless, it does underscore just good Ryerson is under Roy Rana nowdays and must be seen as a CIS championship contender again, benefitting the power balances in what Ontario produces so many good basketball players. The Saskatchewan Huskies perhaps are awful after losing three normal starters out of the 8 players the Huskies lost from last season (with 3 never leaving the pine); issues will emerge with rebounding when facing better teams like Ryerson and Carleton. So they have good reason to be though not like Cape Breton last season. But the Huskies will improve when the season starts. Had only 8 players suiting up with 3 playing limited minutes with the other 5 gassed in the first quarter.

    Of the preseason for CIS teams, Grant MacEwen (0), Fraser Valley (1), and six others at 2. The ones who played the most are Carleton at 23 (also played a closed door scrimmage with an NCAA team), McGill (13), and Concordia (12). Ryerson played 5. Be interesting when March comes if Concordia hopes to upsurp dominant McGill in RSEQ with the Redmen still the overwhelming fave in Quebec to make it again to Halifax and perhaps go deeper like the women did the last few seasons. Maybe win. Rich will get richer there. Surely fortunes wouldn't be good for Grant MacEwen or Fraser Valley.

    A couple of reasons why recruits in Canada as well that American handful coming to Canada is the prospect of playing 12-15 games annually for 5 years and playing against some solid NCAA D1 teams during the preseason when some select teams head up to Canada. As well as those Canadians transferring from the NCAA in recent years like Kewyn Blain, Clinton Springer-Williams, Kaza Kajami-Keane, Emmanuel Owootoah, Munis Tutu and Troy Reid-Knight. All of whom surely learned somethings from their times practicing and playing in some games despite various playing times they had in the NCAA.

    This upcoming OUA season will be interesting with the return of just two OUA divisions (will mention that later) with the Ryerson Rams getting bigger like Tangor Ngom and seriously challenging the two Ottawa schools with those back-to-back Wilson Cup titles. Something interesting to watch for this season with the latter three fighting at the top of the standings.

    For the rest of Canada West, many prognosticators are saying it'll be between Kevin Hansen's UBC, Alberta, Calgary, Winnipeg, Manitoba, and perhaps the aforementioned Saskatchewan. The Lethbridge Pronghorns could act as a darkhorse with something to say about this. There's also a prediction a CW team will make the final in Halifax.

    St. Mary's, based in Halifax, might win the AUS led by a solid PG transfer in Nico Brauner, a Matt Skin recruit back at Cape Breton that the new CBU coach drove out (bad move by him judging from the previous season). They'll surprisingly win a few games they were picked against and lose a few they should not, although a reloaded and different Dalhousie for coach Plato might have something to say about that even when losing someone like Kaza Kajami-Keane. Still can shoot and remains competitive. St. Francis Xavier will have all but one player returning (Charles) that includes a sure-fire All-AUS and All-Canadian in Bercy. Will be tougher and more consistent as they minimize those extended losing streaks with athletic forwards and complimentary sharp shooters under coach Steve Konchalski. But as WJF notes at the Canadian Hoops Talk forums don't overlook several of the other AUS teams:

    Acadia has a solid team mix of vets and impact young guys. Ben Miller and Eric Nissen are a great 1/2 punch and the PG and Center spots.

    UNB has Masters, he will keep them in a lot of games. If he get some contributions from teammates they are a top 4 team.

    Not sure about UPEI, lots of roster turnover, young and scrappy.

    Mun will be tough at home, can they travel off the Island though.

    CBU, while they should not lose 20 games again and improved, not sure they don't lose 18-19.
    http://www.canadianbasketball.net/ch...cf7e6e5659c0ab

    Speaking of Konchalski, that other Coach K, at age 71 he's still going strong with no signs of slowing down with that passion and fire for basketball when people his age are or looking forward towards retirement. Now entering his 43rd season at STFX with three national champions under his belt. And still marvels at the impact in a lot of young men's lives in his "fun" tenure:
    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-s...t-fx-1.3993032
    https://www.backyardsports.ca/2017/0...-is-still-fun/

    And here's the 41-minute podcast interview Konchalski did for Coach Calls Timeout that delved into those theme talked here while sharing some amazing stories:
    https://www.coachcallstimeout.com/20/
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